Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway Woods
Category: Better-Player Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 3 (15°) and 4 (16.5°) with Matrix Exotics Black Tie graphite shaft; 3 (15°) and 4 (16.5°) with Matrix Exotics White Tie graphite shaft; 3 (15°) and 4 (16.5°) with Matrix Exotics Red Tie graphite shaft; 3 (15°) with Fujikura Fuel, and Fujikura Fuel Tour graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Sole weight pads maximize stability and raise the CG for added workability. The Beta titanium face cup boosts ball speeds, while the deep-face design produces a low, penetrating flight.
PLAYABILITY: A penetrating, medium-height ball flight is good in the wind and great for controlled swings; adequate workability in either direction; does a decent job getting the ball out of rough.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: It won’t salvage the worst swings but helps a lot on slight misses; very accurate on well-struck hits; thin contact produces shots that stay in the air long enough to get near the target.
DISTANCE: Sizzling ball flight produces some bombs; on the long side—the 4-wood (16.5°) is about the same as some guys’ normal 3-wood; more than enough distance to get the job done.
FEEL: Testers can tell where on the face they hit it and where it’s going; firm titanium crack sounds powerful; shoots through the hitting zone and stays stable.
LOOK: Sleek, pear-shaped profile and matte finish; midsize clubhead with a classic look inspires confidence and an aggressive swing.
Tends to produce a lower trajectory than some guys prefer; not as forgiving as a few other models; the nonadjustable head isn’t a standout in any one category.
BOTTOM LINE: A hot face and boring trajectory combine to provide healthy distance and a solid all-around performance.
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